Even though the team that represents the worst baseball fans in the world won, I enjoyed every grueling hour of Game 5 between the Cubs and Nationals last night. I’m likely in the minority, because I find it hard to believe that the average fan wasn’t complaining at some point. While I realize those whiners are soft and simply don’t have the mental capacity to enjoy baseball, they still drive more cash to the game which allows us real fans to enjoy it even more while still picking on those half-assed fans. And ’round and ’round we go.
I checked my sundial during the 6th inning last night and realized three hours had gone by. At that point I thought about getting up from my couch for the first time since the game had started. Instead, because I didn’t want to deal with the inevitable head-rush, I simply reached for my phone and adjusted my alarm, setting it back one hour because I knew I wasn’t going to bed anytime soon. That’s possible for me because work from home a lot and have no kids or other big-boy responsibilities other than making sure my dog goes outside every once in awhile. For the average baseball watcher, the jamoke the MLB is trying to secure as season-long fans instead of just postseason fans, that doesn’t work.
Knowing that fans like me, who can watch and enjoy every pitch of a baseball game no matter how long it takes, are going extinct, I’m willing to sacrifice some of the game’s traditions in order to avoid becoming what hockey currently is: an underappreciated game that failed to grab the new generation because of stubbornness.
I will hate every change the MLB makes to the game. But the hate won’t be directed towards the commissioner or the league itself. In fact, I haven’t decided where I’ll direct the hate. Undoubtedly some will go towards the new-age fan who gets bored if there aren’t flashing lights in front of their stupid faces at all times. Some will be directed at myself for being able to watch hours upon hours of sports without moving or having a life. My hatred is a very large asset, and I like to spread my investments.
But every time I @MLB with foul language followed by reasons their new rules suck, know that I get it. I get that the game needs to change. I’m willing to accept changes for the good of the future of the game. It doesn’t mean I have to like it.